Reduce, re-use and organic! Sweet.


Look at the cute baby! Now draw your eyes towards the re-usable organic GOTS certified organic cotton grocery bag and get one for yourself! It’s a super super deal at $6.99.   It’s very sturdy with a thick canvas cotton.  I often use it to carry all of Pax’s library books so it can carry a lot of weight without breaking.  I like the side pocket where you can carry a water bottle or small umbrella (since it rains so much here in Seattle).

It has our slogan on one side “You help the artisan, who makes the product which delights you” and our lil’soak print on the other side. These products are ethically and made with fair trade practices. Free shipping if you order from us but you can also get it at Ebay and Amazon.

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend.  Our Paxter got to bowl for the first time and let me say — he’s not a big fan of those bowling shoes but he got an angry bird tattoo and life was good again.



Pop-up shop tonight in West Seattle!

We have been having a blast doing the Starbucks outdoor summer events and meeting other friendly handcrafted neighbours like Wooden Clothespin. They are a handmade business using recycled fabrics and fun modern prints for coffee/tea cozies, quilts, bags and more. I have gotten a few mason jar drink containers with glass straws, cozies etc and I love it. I use it all the time.  I’m big time in using glass for our entire family.  Stuff just tastes better in it.


Like this beauty.

If you are in the West Seattle area, you need to visit the pop up, grab a cup of good java from Bird on Wire Expresso!  They will have beer, wine, food and crafts!  How awesome is that? Here are the deets:

Every third Wednesday (and tonight)

Time: 6 – 9pm

Where: Bird on a Wire Expresso

Address: 3059 SW Henderson St., Seattle, WA

We are so thankful for your support and this is a way to shop and eat local and empower women in empoverished conditions.  You are AWESOME!


Recipe: Steamed fish, roasted potatoes and chorizo, green beans, strawberry dessert

dinner-1Super easy dinner and great for the summer! I use all organic ingredients, hits the farmers market and get fair trade stuff whereever I can.

Chorizo and Small potatoes:

  • A bunch of small potatoes (I found a sack of these small red, purple and gold potatoes at Whole Foods the other day)
  • 1 sweet chorizo (I have a 3 year old and can only take the spiciness so much)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Cut up the potatoes in half.  Cut the chorizo on an angle about a 1/2 cm. I made this all in my toaster oven so I didn’t have to worry about “turning off the oven” as mine turns off when the timer is off.  Liberally salt and pepper your cut potatoes and sausage and add olive oil. Toss, add it to a foil lined tray.  I kinda shape it into a bowl so the oil and juices won’t leak out. Cook in toaster oven at 300 degrees for about 25 minutes. If you are using your regular oven, then you could do 350 for about 20 minutes.dinner-2

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 handful of green beans
  • the leftover butt end of the sweet chorizo

Add olive oil to the pan. Once it’s heated, add your chopped up garlic and saute until fragrant. Add the chorizo which has been chopped into fine pieces. I used this for a little more flavouring to beans. Add salt and peper and cook until it’s still crispy and bright green.  Add a little water while sauteing if you want your beans to be more tender.dinner-3 I had white fish in my freezer and I adapted this from a Michael Symon recipe but it was so so good. My herb garden is growing in quite beautifully so I used a few of my herbs but any soft herbs would do.

  • 2 fish steaks
  • 3 sage leaves
  • a bunch of french tarragon leaves
  • 1 tbsp of dijon mustard
  • splash of white wine (or in my case I used rice wine)
  • salt/pepper
  • olive oil

Steaming fish is great and no fuss. I would use fish that is in season but I had this white fish in my freezer so I used it. Chopped up your herbs and add the mustard, wine and olive oil Liberally salt/pepper your fish steaks. add the marinade to the fish and place it in a plate.  I use a woke to steam but if you have a steamer, use that.  I added water to my woke, placed my dish on top (I use something to help it sit on my wok).  Cover.  Your burner should be on medium.  Steam for about 25 minutes. Don’t worry if it collects water because what I did was that to make it look “pretty” I plate my fish into another clean plate and used that sauce left in the steaming plate and poured a little over it.

dinner-4Last but not least was my strawberry dessert! Gluten free of course! I adapted it from Carla Hall’s recipe but made it gluten-free.  Head to the link for the recipe. The only changes is that you need to cook it longer when it’s gluten free flour. About 20 minutes. I also added vanilla to my whippy cream and basil to my strawberries. DELISH.  I loved that you can just use any fresh fruit available for the season.

This was dinner last night!


New organic cotton bags

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Summer’s here and it’s been hard to keep my regular work schedule now that school’s out. The 4 hours that Pax is in preschool really helped me get a lot of my blogging but you’ll see that in the summer, I’ll be posting at odd times of the day but I will keep you up to date on all things green and fair trade here at Lil’Soak.  I managed to post up a couple of new products  The small tote is perfect for an outing.  I use it all the time to bring an extra change of clothes for the kids, diapers, snacks etc.  Or else I bring it with me when we hit the library or a quick errand to the grocery store.  It’s handy to have and very sturdy. Made from organic cotton, GOTS certified in India.

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This large messenger bag carries a lot of stuff.  There is a zipper pocket in the back and inside there is a small zipper pocket. It’s a great catch all carrying bag.  You can tuck your tablets/ipad into the back zippered pocket no problem. Sizing and dimensions are all available on the products link.  They are available now for sale through on ebay and soon we will send it off to amazon as well. We’ll keep you posted.

Right now I’m trying to pack and ship some cute soft dolls for both girls and boys for Amazon as well.  Pax likes to call them Mama and Papa because they kinda do look like us oddly enough but they are really lovely handmade dolls that were made by deaf/near deaf women in China.  Social benefits are not abundant in China so people with disabilities have a hard time finding solid work and this organization is doing a wonderful job of empowering these women.

I have a feeling it’s going to be a busy busy summer.  Time for my coffee break and a slice of the banana bread my kiddo helped me make. By helped I mean mash the bananas to smithereens.


“New organic cotton bags”  was first posted at Lil’Soak + Friends